When applied to the brain, nuclear medicine techniques reveal
critical information about the progression of the most devastating
diseases, from Alzheimer’s to traumatic brain injury.
Just last week, Nature published research showing that brain
imaging might be able to help diagnose autism in infants as young
as 6 months old, an advance that would represent extraordinary
progress in more effectively treating the disease.
Such advances don’t surprise Robert S. Miletich, interim
chair and professor of the Department of Nuclear Medicine at the
Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, who is studying
brain scans obtained from 16,000 patients. He says the wealth of
information nuclear imaging techniques provide could pave the way
toward a dramatic improvement in the clinical detection and
treatment of many brain disorders.
“I predict that nuclear neurology is going to…